Greece star watched by Reading FC coachBy Jonny Fordham
May 23, 2012
Goalkeeper coach Sal Bibbo has flown to Greece to watch rising star Stefanos Kapino in action according to the Greek press.
The 18-year-old Panathinaikos keeper has earned rave reviews for the Athens Super League side and would be available for around £2million.
Kapino, who stands at 6ft 5ins tall, established himself as the club’s No.1 this season and is set to go to the European Championships this summer.
Fulham and Arsenal have also sent scouts to check out the giant shot-stopper, along with Italian giants Inter Milan.
Kapino who is likely to be sold this summer as financially troubled Panathinaikos look to cash in – with the club’s directors holding a board meeting yesterday to discuss their transfer dealings this summer.
Royals are also in talks with Queens Park Rangers about the permanent transfer of Matthew Connolly.
The versatile 24-year-old defender played six times for Reading on loan last season and does not feature in boss Mark Hughes’ first-team plans at Loftus Road.
Connolly adds Premier League experience and brings added flexibility in the fact that he can play anywhere across the back four.
Reading are also waiting for a one-year contract extension for Ian Harte to be finalised by legal representatives.
The 34-year-old left-back, who was included in the PFA Championship team of the year for the second season running, has already verbally agreed to stay at Madejski Stadium next season.